A member of the Public Accounts Committee is looking at whether the Department of Health (DoH) provided it with misleading information about the release of a final benefits statement on the failed National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
The DoH released its final report on the benefits of NPfIT in June, six days before it told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that it would not be available until September. The DoH website says the ‘Final Benefits Statement for Programmes Previously Managed Under the National Programme for IT’, was published on 6 June.
The report says the total expected cost of the programme is £9.8 billion. The DH predicted that £10.7 billion in benefits could be realised in total.
PAC Member Richard Bacon said: “It’s the kind of behaviour that one has come to expect from what’s left of the national programme. To say they were a model of clarity and honesty would be stretching the point. Throughout the programme they were always ready to say things were doing better than they were. But it does seem to be taking it to another level to quietly put out this report and then talk about it as if it hasn’t been published.”
Original Source The Guardian
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